Intrapersonal Intelligence: Definition & Examples

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Instructor: Yolanda Williams

Yolanda has taught college Psychology and Ethics, and has a doctorate of philosophy in counselor education and supervision.

What do Socrates, Friedrich Nietzsche and Descartes all have in common? They all had intrapersonal intelligence. Learn more about intrapersonal intelligence from examples and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Howard Gardner's Theory

Have you ever been told that you are very self-aware? Maybe your professors have complimented you on your ability to understand your strengths, weaknesses and limitations. Do you find yourself spending lots of time reflecting on things and tuning into your inner feelings? If so, you have demonstrated intrapersonal intelligence.

So, what do we mean by intrapersonal intelligence? Intrapersonal intelligence was first introduced by the American developmental psychologist Howard Gardner in 1983. Gardner wrote Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, in which he proposed the idea that there are seven different kinds of intelligence. In 1999, Gardner added one more intelligence to his list, bringing the total to eight. They are:

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